How to Turn On and Off Fossil Smartwatch? (Different Methods)

How to Turn On and Off Fossil Smartwatch

If you have a Fossil smartwatch, you probably know how useful these little gadgets can be! 

Fossil makes quality smartwatches that run on Wear OS and pair with both Android and iOS smartphones. 

Like other types of wearable devices, though, sometimes you need to turn off or restart your Fossil smartwatch to optimize performance or troubleshoot issues.

In this simple guide, we’ll go over the different ways you can turn on and off your Fossil smartwatch. 

How to Turn On Fossil Smartwatch

There is more than one way to turn on your Fossil smartwatch. 

Let’s check them out one by one.

Method 1 — Using the Power Button

The most straightforward way to turn on most Fossil smartwatches is by using the power button located on the right side of the watch. 

Here are the step-by-step instructions to power on the watch using this button:

  • Start by locating the power button on the right side of your Fossil smartwatch. It is usually the top or only button on that side.
  • Once you’ve identified the power button, press and hold it down firmly for a few seconds. Don’t just press it lightly.
  • Keep holding the button down until you see the Fossil logo illuminate on the screen. This may take up to 10-15 seconds.
  • As soon as the Fossil branding appears, release the power button. The smartwatch will now power on fully.
  • You’ll be taken to the setup wizard. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete pairing with your smartphone and configuring your smartwatch.
  • Once the setup is complete, your Fossil smartwatch will be ready to use! You can start exploring apps, notifications, and more.

This power button method is the standard way to turn on most Fossil smartwatches, unless the battery is completely drained. It is a quick and simple process that you’ll likely perform daily.

Method 2 — Connecting to Charger

If your Fossil smartwatch’s battery is totally depleted, then the power button method may not work. 

In that case, charging your Fossil smartwatch is an alternative way to turn on the device. 

Here is how to power on your Fossil smartwatch using the magnetic charger:

  • First, locate the charging pins on the back of your smartwatch. They are metal discs designed to align with the charger.
  • Take the Fossil charging cable that came with your smartwatch. It has a magnetic charger head on one end.
  • Align and attach this magnetic charger head to the charging pins on the back of the watch. You’ll feel it snap into place.
  • Now insert the regular USB end of the charging cable into any USB power source. This can be a laptop, wall charger, or power bank.
  • As soon as the smartwatch begins charging, it will automatically power on even if the battery was fully drained.
  • You’ll see the Fossil logo illuminate followed by the setup wizard. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the setup.

In short, this is a handy alternative to the power button for turning on your Fossil smartwatch when the battery is completely dead.

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Method 3 — Force Reboot

In rare cases when your Fossil smartwatch is unresponsive or frozen, you may need to force reboot the device. 

Here are the steps for force restarting your Fossil smartwatch to turn it on:

  • Locate both the power button and the middle side button on the right side of your watch.
  • Press and hold both buttons simultaneously for at least 10-15 seconds. Don’t let go too soon.
  • After holding both buttons, your Fossil smartwatch screen will go black. Keep holding the buttons.
  • Finally, you’ll see the Fossil logo appear after a few seconds. Now you can release both buttons.

The smartwatch will boot up normally after this forced reboot procedure. Follow the setup prompts again if needed.

This two-button force reboot essentially performs a hard reset on your Fossil smartwatch when it is acting glitchy or just weird.

NOTE — Only use this method if your watch screen is frozen or stuck, or if none of the other methods work to power on the device.

How to Turn Off Fossil Smartwatch

Just like there are multiple ways to turn on a Fossil smartwatch, there is more than one method to turn it off as well.

Method 1 — Using the Power Button

Just like using the power button to turn on your Fossil smartwatch, you can use the same button to turn it off as well.

Here’s how you do it:

  • Locate the power button on the right side of your watch. It’s on the upper part of the casing. Press and hold this button for a few seconds. Don’t just click it – you need to long press for about 5 seconds.
  • After holding the button, you’ll see an on-screen prompt pop up on your watch face. It will give you two options – Power off or Restart. 
  • To turn off your Fossil smartwatch, simply tap the Power off option.

And that’s it! The watch face will go black as it powers down. 

This locks the screen and conserves battery power. Just press the power button again whenever you want to turn your smartwatch back on.

See Also How to Reset Fossil Smartwatch? (Any Model)

Method 2 — Using the Wear OS App

If your watch is unresponsive to button presses, you can also use the Wear OS smartphone app to turn it off remotely. 

Here are the steps:

  • First, make sure you have the Wear OS app installed on your Android or iPhone. This app pairs with your watch to control settings and notifications.
  • Open the Wear OS app on your phone and select your watch at the top of the screen. Go to the Settings menu for your specific watch.
  • In Settings, tap System and then the Power off watch option. The Wear OS app will send a command to turn off your paired smartwatch.
  • It may take 15-30 seconds, but you’ll see your watch face go black as it powers down. 

The Wear OS app provides an easy way to force shut down your Fossil smartwatch if the buttons aren’t working.

Method 3 — Letting the Battery Drain

Lastly, if your smartwatch is frozen or glitchy, you can always just let the battery fully drain.

Fossil smartwatches will automatically power down once the battery is depleted. When the watch shows a dead battery icon and goes black, that means it has safely powered off.

While not ideal for regular use, letting the battery drain is a foolproof way to turn off your smartwatch if it’s unresponsive.

Once drained, simply place your Fossil smartwatch on the magnetic charger. The watch will power back on when it has enough battery juice again. Just keep in mind this process takes a few hours to complete.


Powering on and off your Fossil smartwatch correctly is important to keep it running smoothly. 

Hopefully, now you have a better idea of how to easily turn off your Fossil smartwatch using different methods. 

So, the next time you need to turn on or off your Fossil smartwatch, just use one of these simple methods.

Jaimin Kapadia

Jaimin is an avid gadget lover & wearable tech enthusiast. Every day, he reads about the latest wearable devices launched around the globe and writes about his experience and review on this blog.

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